Coronavirus: Age UK launch fundraising appeal

Coronavirus: Age UK launch fundraising appeal

Published by George Sharpe at 12:30pm 27th March 2020.

Age UK are asking the people of Dorset for help to support older people during the Coronavirus outbreak. 

As the government recommends social distancing and isolation, Age UK's support for older vulnerable people in the community is needed now more than ever. 

Dave Thorp, the CEO says: 

"Over the past week we have seen calls for help into the office increase by nearly 400 per cent. At a time when other organisations are sadly having to reduce staff hours, we at Age UK NSWD are drawing on every available team member to respond to the huge increase in need.

"The charities Trustees and I believe we can provide exactly the kind of advice and support people need now. So, we will continue to answer the hundreds of calls and emails we are receiving daily.

Old Elderly Pensioner

"However, all our usual sources of income have stopped. We are therefore reaching out to seek financial support from individuals and organisations to continue delivering this highly important service."

To reduce the impact of the outbreak, Age UK are determined to be there for older people who need help - especially those who have no one else to turn to.

Dave Thorp also says: 

"By donating funds to Age UK NSWD you will help us reach and support more of the older people who are suffering in isolation at this worrying time.

"We are a charity that receives no Government funding for the important life-line that we provide to older people." 

The charity is now working in partnership with Dorset County Council and other organisations to provide a community response to COVID 19 across the area. 

They are operating a call handling, assessment and deployment service to answer calls from older people who are self-isolating and need help. 

Those calls for help will then be matched with the right agency or voluntary group to respond. 
 
Volunteers are being assigned through Volunteer Centre Dorset, to make sure that volunteers are DBS checked to ensure safeguarding polices are in place. 
 
Dave Thorp continues: 

"If you are, or know an older person who needs our help, please call us and talk to our staff and volunteers.
 
"We are open for calls from 09:00hrs to 17:00hrs Monday to Friday on 01305 269444. We can also be contacted via email on enquiries@ageuknswd.org.uk."